London rapper with Nigerian roots serves up the hip-hop of the future
BRDCST hauls the future of hip-hop on board in the form of Obongjayar, a rapper from London with Nigerian roots. According to Pitchfork, Obongjayar presents ‘otherworldly spirituals for the modern soul’. Richard Russell, boss of XL Recordings (see: The xx, Thom Yorke …), has already taken him in and that led to a collaboration with Kamasi Washington. In Paris, Obongjayar was asked to open the prestigious Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective.
Obongjayar is political and spiritual, spoken word and soul, Lagos and London. Exactly that apparently effortless blending of sounds and influences could well shoot him to unprecedented heights in the coming years. Noisey: ‘He’s a rare breed of musician—the kind so uncompromising with his vision, who speaks and creates so freely, it’s hard to really compare him with any contemporaries.’